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May 12, 2000
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I've seen Jane do incredible things. EVERYDAY! She never stops. She gives it her all, everyday, in every way...morally, ethically, emotionally, professionally.

While working at the Free Clinic, I was completely inspired and filled with pride while working with Jane. She knows her stuff. Jane Loisdaughter is a Leader, a Giver, a Teacher, and likely, the top of her field in Crisis Intervention.

Her firing, was an illegal, underhanded, unjust crime. I will be here to support her, in any way I can. I am her friend, her student, her peer.

Join me in posting your comments.

Jane, if you're out there, I love you!

Heidi Raynor, MEd, Counseling

May 13, 2000
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Jane has been an integral part of the set up and operation of the intake and hotline services at the Free Clinic. Being a long time hotline worker, I shudder to think of how many people might not have made it through a troubled night without being able to reach out to a hotline worker. Jane is just one more victim of corporate America moving forward without a second thought to those who might be harmed in the process. They have lost, if they ever had, sight of what the FC stands for in the community to those less fortunate than the 6-figure opportunist who used his own position and inappropriate behavior to intimidate others into silence. Well, Jane would have none of it and I commend her for standing up for what she feels is right and living the mission of the FC, that is, healthcare is a right, not a privilege, to the detriment of her own vocation.

May 13, 2000
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I am a hotline worker. When I come to the Free Clinic every week, I have no idea who will be calling during my shift. Will it be a lonely person who can't get to sleep, a pregnant teen who doesn't know what to do, or a suicidal caller holding a loaded gun? (yes, that's happened) Whoever it is, I know that they are calling because they are desperate and have nowhere else to turn. I also know that whatever their problem is, I am ready for it, and I can help them.

THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF JANE!!!!

Every hotline worker knows that it is Jane's training and guidence that allows us to to do what we do. She pours every ounce of her being into Hotline and the Free Clinic. Jane IS the Free Clinic. She embodies every ideal and priciple that makes the clinic such a special place. I've witnessed firsthand what the hotline means to the community. I don't know if we can survive the loss of our heart and soul.

The events of the last few months have shocked me. Jane's rights and dignity have been trampled in a place that is supposed to defend human rights and dignity. If something like this can happen at the Free Clinic, of all places, then there is a problem, and that problem demands our attention.

Jane, thank you for all that you have done for me. I'm looking forward to working with you again.

May 13, 2000
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I was astonished when I heard that Jane Loisdaughter was fired. I knew that she had been unfairly suspended recently, but I was naive enough to think that someone would come to their senses before something like this would happen. Anyone who knows Jane knows the passion that she puts into her work. She is an outstanding trainer who makes sure that everyone who works on the hotline or in intake are completely prepared and able to do their job. She often stays late into the night to make sure that volunteers and clients are properly taken care of. She works whatever shifts she is unable to fill, often giving up her holidays without complaint. Since I had to give up volunteering recently, one of the things I miss the most is Jane coming in almost every shift and thanking me for working. This is the kind of appreciation and dedication that inspired me to volunteer for 5 years. I would have stayed longer if that had been possible. I'm sure no one would ever be able to count how many lives (both callers and volunteers) have been changed or saved because of Jane's personal intervention, not to mention how her superb training allowed the rest of us to do the same.

I could go on for hours, but it boils down to this: Cleveland needs the Free Clinic and the Free Clinic NEEDS Jane Loisdaughter.

Remember, the Free Clinic cannot afford to operate without volunteers. Don't scare them away by continuing the current state of tension and fear. Reinstate Jane Loisdaughter and uncover the REAL problems at the Free Clinic so that they can be solved.

Sincerely,
Kathy Paulsen, former hotline volunteer.

May 15, 2000
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Hello

A very important question remains unanswered at this point:

How are board members elected? These are the people who ultimately are making decisions which seem to be strongly disliked by the vast majority of the staff and volunteers. It is the board who apparently took responsibility for Jane's firing.

Who makes the decision to retain or not retain any staff or the director?

It is my understandng that the policy regarding elections of board members and guidelines how meetings should be held should be part of the "charter" of a non-profit and should be PUBLIC information.

I believe that usually board members are supposed to be ELECTED or assigned, but by whom?

This process should be known to all. I believe that this policy is supposed to be filed with the Secretary of State's office as part of documentation sanctioning the operation and continuance of an entity. It should be tactifully demanded to post this policy so that ALL staff and workers are aware of it.

If anyone knows where this information is retained, or how to have it become available, please post.

Thanks.

May 16, 2000
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I believe the Board Members start as an appointed group, and then they elect members themselves.

From what I understand, the problem here is more likely focused on The Board of Trustees being misinformed or wrongly informed. I believe that if they truly understood the nature of this problem - though they only will through LOUD support, that they would let Jane get back to business.

May 16, 2000
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I heard that at Mondays meeting: The Board stated that Jane would not be re-instated. I do not want to leave the clinic but i cannot continue as long as this Board and Administration continue to behave the way they have. It's my opinion that letters and calls are only falling on closed hearts and minds. I want to stay.... help me to stay. I want Jane back and I want this Board and Administation gone.

May 16, 2000
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Keep the Faith...it's inevitable that Jane will be back. There's too many of us that understand what an ANGEL, FROM HEAVEN, IF THERE EVER WAS ONE, that she is. She IS the Mission of The Free Clinic. She brings us together, and teaches us to do work we thought not possible of ourselves.

She is the CORE (and think about that) of all volunteers in the Mental Health Dept at The Free Clinic.

I'm convinced, that with our continued support, truth and justice will prevail.

May 17, 2000
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Many of us on "paid" staff are devastated by the callousness with which the administrative staff is treating the loss of Jane. Some of us are posting signs with Jane's name and trying to mourn her not being here. All of these things are being ripped down daily. Someone put up signs saying "Let us mourn"
and "Why are you afraid to let us mourn." These were ripped down. Why? None of these signs say
anything derogatory about the clinic or any admin staff. Can someone explain to me this total lack of
understanding on the part of administrators here?

Also, many staff here are prepared to lose their jobs or to have daily life here at the clinic made more impossible than it has been due to the recent events. This has been a repeated tactic of Marty's over the years--when you are out of favor you are shunned, devalued, --for some of us this has ALREADY STARTED. and so it goes.............

May 17, 2000
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I dont give a damn what the Board says.... this is not over! The Board is a joke and the Administraion is laughable. The Free Clinic needs change. A New Board and a new Director. Cameron

May 17, 2000
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To the volunteers, former staff etc. - Thank you so much for coming together to fight for Jane and for the Soul of the Free Clinic itself. Several of us paid staff know we are putting our jobs on the line to fight for this, but ethically there is nothing else we can do. Decisions to go to the press etc. were not made lightly by the people who made them. This place has just gotten so bogged down by lies, coverups, convoluted priorities and injustices that there seemed to be nothing else to do. Hang in there everyone, we can fight this, and with strength in numbers we can win. - A Staff Person who Wants Jane Back

May 17, 2000
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Isn't it time that someone uncovered the numerous coverups made over the years to protect the director? Perhaps someone should question him about his inappropriate interaction with a Safe Space resident. Maybe Allison should know that as soon as he tires of her, she will become just anothe niche in his belt. This is not the type of person who should be in any type of leadership position especially where morality and empathy are at the forefront.

May 17, 2000
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Since we're all anonymous here, could someone speak to these numerous coverups made over the years? We don't get the chance to hear much news down in the hotline room.

May 17, 2000
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Here's a link to THE FREE TIMES article.

After you click on the below link, click on:

CLINICAL DEPRESSION (That's the title of the story):

ARTICLE IN THE FREE TIMES, CLICK HERE

May 17, 2000
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I too am horrified with what the Director and the Board have done. Jane puts her whole heart and soul into her work and the Free Clinic. Certainly we hotline workers and the intake workers wouldn't be the same - not as competent, not as inspired - without Jane. I respect Jane vastly for her courage in speaking her mind. And I miss her, especially at night at the hotline. It will be a loss to all of Cleveland if she does not somehow get her post back.

I think we need to keep finding creative ways to keep this issue alive, and fight for Jane and whatever new administration and Board is necessary. Amongst the volunteers we have a powerful pool of people, and we need to brainstorm and yet pull together.

My heart goes out also to the concerned staff left behind, and even to the others who are afraid to let people speak out. They are victims of a sick environment.

But, all in all, we need to pull together and behind Jane to help the Free Clinic to survive to fulfill its mission to the people of the Cleveland area.
Jennifer

May 17, 2000
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I hope all of you realize that this is NOT about the so-called restructuring at the Free Clinic. We are adults and can deal with change INCLUDING new bosses and not getting everything we want. AND, to my knowledge, we have always operated in a business like fashion at least since I have been there.
And what is this nonsense about hippies and so forth? I don't even know what flower power and anti-hierarchical power is. In fact, Jane is one of the most hierarchichal and structured people I have ever worked with. This has been a source of conflict between many of us and her. So what in the world are THEY talking about. The clinic has been one of THE most conservative places that I have ever worked in terms of management style (including Jane's) and hierarchy and I have worked there over 5 years. These reasons for the firing just don't wash. I think we know the real reasons for Jane's firing.

May 18, 2000
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We will pull together.

We will keep this alive.

We have no choice, this is too important.

The services at The Free Clinic are certain to fail with Jane pulled out like this.

In my more than 5 years at The Free Clinic, doing hotline, intake, and 2 years of individual counseling, I learned a lot. I know what it takes, and what it means to help the people that walk in the door. I know the quality of service, and the people who give it.

Firing a 25 year veteran for being everyone's voice (the only voice that keeps the clinic in 'REAL check'), is unbelievable.

People in groups, can do hideous things.

Board of Trustees, I personally implore you to put Jane back to work. You truly, truly don't understand what you've done.

May 18, 2000
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I support you Jane!

May 19, 2000
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Former volunteer & employee offers the following thought(s):

a) To Jane: There are many other organizations who would readily accept and reward (in feedback which would include financial compensation for, as well as verbal affirmation of) your passion and commitment. Why would you fight to return to a place with which you have had such an acrimonious 'ending'? You previously severed ties with a part of your blood family, at which time you changed your name to Loisdaughter - didn't that end up as a life-affirming, healthy, positive step? Isn't this, wearing a different coat, a new opportunity to make changes which will enhance your life?

b) To those "left behind": You also have a choice - I would never dispute the good the Free Clinic does, however, if matters have developed to a point which lead you to question the leadership under which you serve, please remember there are many, many other entities in this fine city which could benefit from your commitment to social service.

c) Change is always scary and intimidating. It may be that the current situations will ultimately lead to better service by the Free Clinic to the community. Give it some time, and if it doesn't, see (b) above!

d) Above all, be true to your hearts - don't fall into someone else's cause, caught in the fever of the moment. Listen quietly, deep within, and then take the path you know is right for you.

May 19, 2000
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This is a reply to the above comments. I, for one, am terribly insulted by these words. You are concluding that things cannot change at the Free Clinic and that we who choose to work at agencies like this should either be silent or run away. Many of us have worked at other agencies. Apparently, you don't understand the mission of the Free Clinic and what this struggle in our hearts is really about. We have listened to our hearts and searched our souls. We cannot keep running; we tell our patients to stand up and be counted; we must do this too. We must counter injustice wherever we find it. To do anything else DOES NOT serve our community or the people that we serve. WE ARE ONE ANOTHER.
Many of us work with people here who have been victimized by sexual abuse, domestic violence, racism, sexism, heterosexism, sexual harassment, job violence --- who would we be if we continued to allow the abuses of power that have be perpetrated at the Free CLinic for years. WE HAVE BEEN SILENT LONG ENOUGH. The firing of Jane is but one of years of staff abuse. If you truly are a former employee surely you were not blind!!!!!

May 20, 2000
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In response to the comments above:
I admire your diverse comments and your bravery in posting them.
I see your point, from afar. Yes, I wonder, in amazement as to why Jane wants her job back so badly at an agency that has abused her so terribly. I recoil at the reality of how messed up this organization has become. Yet, I find myself to be quite open-minded and not unfamiliar with change in agencies, especially non-profits. There needs to be a compromise, though, and an effort to balance corporate desires with grassroots elements. The grassroots are the heart and soul of an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the general public. Funding and admen set-up should only be sustenance to such an organization. There is the possibility of achieving harmony among these two entities. If this is not obtained, what is left is only a corpse that may seem all done up on the outside, but rots on the inside.

The only comment I take personal interest in is the last, about being cautious with simply and blindly following the current 'fever; and 'trend' and subsequently getting lost in someone else's cause. I have listened to my heart, and have tried to silence it lately when it is crying out loudly in protest and agony. I know your comments are meant to be productive, but please trust me - my actions and involvement are in line with what I have heard my heart saying. Never has a message reverberated so strongly, and at the same time contradicted or diverged from the message/ opinions of people I have worked with, admired,and looked up to. I still look up to those people, although we may be on different pages, experiencing different sides of this situation. I only hope they still regard me as a competent adult who is trying very hard to maturely examine and deal with this tragedy. I believe I asked Marty intelligent and appropriate questions on 5/19. His responses to my concern solidified a dreadful intuition that I had lingering in the back of my head as soon as this started several months ago - the focus is NOT on the quality of services, but on how admen (including the board) can most effectively organize their hierarchical structure to best establish control over the rest of the staff and volunteers. If Jane's 'insubordination' was not regarded by the agency as a direct threat to the programs she led (hotline and psych intake), and did not have the influence to scare off donors, then what were the reasons behind her firing? I am currently processing this response given by Marty, and guarantee that all involved in these meetings will try and assimilate the info provided, rather than become fanatical, cultish followers of some senseless cause. But to the rest of the staff who are entitled to their own impressions and opinions and experiences, please at least acknowledge staff and volunteer grief over the loss of Jane. Give us permission to feel this. Instead of possibly debating with us or immediately challenging our emotions or trying to rush the healing process (no matter what the ultimate outcome of our chosen collaborative actions may be), simply embrace us and let us grieve. Accept those feelings as all-encompassing right now. They are real and pure and awesome in magnitude and nothing other than comfort (in any positive way that manifests itself) will make sense right now. This is personally devastating, because I see it not only linked to this agency I have treasured and loved so dearly, but also because it is part of a global problem that is silently and intensely growing and spreading like wild-fire.

May 20, 2000
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I can say that I too wonder a little why it is so important to Jane herself that she return to the Free Clinic.

Being on the outside, if I were ever at any job which subjected me to the kind of treatment and disrespect the Free Clinic has made Jane and the rest of the staff endure I would have been long gone.

That's the point, you and I and thousands of others would have quickly left the situation, Jane and many of the staff haven't. Why?

Every company I have ever worked at has essentially been the same. When I left one job for another the same obstacles were there, they just changed faces.

Jane's unwavering commitment to the Free Clinic is because in her heart and soul she believes in its mission. Depite all the blatantly obvious obstacles she has stuck through it. And she has gained the greatest gift of all, the respect of her coworkers, volunteers, patients, everyone. She didn't quit, she hasn't quit.

Marty would lose sight of the mission and Jane helped to remind him. Now, Marty has seriously lost it, he's been brain washed by coporate types. He sees the revenue selling out the mission of the Free Clinic can generate. Hopefully some night he'll have a flashback to when it really started and everyone had their heart in the right place, even himself.

Marty, make it happen without selling or forcing out the staff and the mission that began the Free Clinic in 1969. You have the power to correct this problem without any futher harm.

May 21, 2000
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Why do we endure? We believe that people have the right to health care that is professional, compassionate, and thinks first of the patient not of the money. The fear here at the Free Clinic is that these are qualities that are not valued. With the firing of Jane this is obvious. It is not that simple to pack up and leave. We must end this crass devotion to money and power. We must stick together and fight the good fight for justice in the work place and for our clients. They deserve to have the best available and Jane is one of those people. So is Deby and many other folks. GET JANE BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS AND FIGHT FOR WORK PLACE JUSTICE AND RESPECT.

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I just had a vision. I just saw George Bailey from It's A Wonderful Life saying "Ah, the hell with the Savings and Loan, I got a honeymoon to go on. I"m out of here!" Does anyone in his right mind expect Jane to react the same way with the Free Clinic? Let the Henry Potters of the world win out and rule everything? Hell no! Resistance is not futile. Love shall win out in the end. Remember: "And in the end
the love you take/Is equal to the love you make."

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I've seen Jane do incredible things. EVERYDAY! She never stops. She gives it her all, everyday, in every way...morally, ethically, emotionally, professionally.

While working at the Free Clinic, I was completely inspired and filled with pride while working with Jane. She knows her stuff. Jane Loisdaughter is a Leader, a Giver, a Teacher, and likely, the top of her field in Crisis Intervention.

Her firing, was an illegal, underhanded, unjust crime. I will be here to support her, in any way I can. I am her friend, her student, her peer.

Join me in posting your comments.

Jane, if you're out there, I love you!

Heidi Raynor, MEd, Counseling


I was looking for info on free clinics & found all this.  This sounds like a terrible ordeal for everyone. Jane is lucky to have friends like you. 
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